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Kobe Bryant, making the transition from high school to the NBA, received full medical clearance Monday to practice and play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant, acquired by the Lakers from Charlotte over the summer for Vlade Divac, fractured his left wrist -- not his shooting hand -- in a pickup game Sept. 2 at Venice Beach.

The Hornets made Bryant the 13th overall selection in last June's NBA draft. The trade was rumored on draft day -- June 26 -- but not made official until two weeks later.

"I'm very excited, I can't wait to get out there and play," the 18-year-old said Monday at the Forum during Lakers media day. "I wanted to go out there and compete with the guys in training camp. I had to wait."

Bryant missed just two preseason games -- both against the Denver Nuggets in Hawaii. He will make his professional debut Wednesday night when the Lakers face the Dallas Mavericks in Fresno, Calif.

In other NBA news, The New York Knicks signed journeyman guard Scott Brooks to a one-year contract to help fill in for injured starter Chris Childs.

Brooks played eight seasons with four National Basketball Association teams. He is expected to back up third-year guard Charlie Ward with Childs out three to six weeks after cracking a bone in his right leg.

An MRI on the sore right ankle of Denver Nuggets point guard Mark Jackson showed no major damage.

Also, Indiana Pacers coach Larry Brown will undergo surgery to repair a double hernia and will miss the team's trip to Europe for two exhibition games this weekend.

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